The rest of the world might be packing away the Christmas tree and putting their Santa mugs into storage but in Mexico, Guatemala and most parts of Latin America, Christmas isn’t over until after Dia de los Reyes or The Three King’s Day on January 6th. The tradition of el Dia de los Reyes Magos represents the visit from Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar who visited baby Jesus bringing gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.
The day is celebrated by parades, gifts and delicious Rosca de Reyes bread served with hot chocolate. The rich bread is made with butter and orange-flower water and decorated with strips of candied red and green fruit. Here in Mexico, you’ll find a small figure representing Baby Jesus inside so chew carefully! Tradition says that the person who finds it is responsible for holding a party on February 2, Dia de la Candelaria and making tamales for everyone.
In Puerto Escondido, you can pick up a Rosco de Reyes in the stalls round the Benito Juarez market and if you’re lucky enough to get the Baby Jesus in your piece of cake, better place your tamale order early. You can bet there will be others planning parties for February 2nd.